QChennai: CM Announces Tenkasi, Chengalpattu Districts & More

1. Edappadi Announces Tankasi, Chengalpattu Districts

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Thursday announced the creation of two more districts with Tenkasi and Chengalpattu as their headquarters. With this, the number of districts in Tamil Nadu rises to 35.

Making a suo motu statement in the Assembly, Palaniswami said the decision follows requests from Ministers, MLAs and the general public that new districts should be created out of big districts to ensure better administration. He said Tirunelveli would be bifurcated to create a new district with Tenkasi as the headquarters. Similarly, Kancheepuram would be bifurcated to create a new district. Chengalpattu would be the new headquarters.

(Source: The Hindu)

2. Customs Dept Seize Rs 67 Lakh Worth Gold, Foreign Currency

Gold worth Rs 55 lakh and foreign currency worth Rs 12.6 lakh seized at Chennai airport and arrested one person.

Customs department officials foiled bids to smuggle gold worth Rs 55 lakh and foreign currency worth Rs 12.6 lakh, at Chennai airport and arrested one person. On Tuesday, Fasil Chittangadan (40) of Malapuram, Kerala, and Abdul Assain Akbar Ali (41) of Nagapattinam, who had arrived by Indigo flight, were intercepted at exit on suspicion of carrying gold.

On personal search of Faisal, three bundles of rubbery gold paste were found concealed in rectum. On extraction, 653 grams gold worth Rs 23.4 lakh was recovered. One gold chain weighing 188 grams valued at Rs 6.7 lakh was recovered from Abdul Assain.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

3. Data Disruptions Underline Need for Fibre Optic Corridor

Unbridled digging, absence of GIS top among top causes.  

Residents of various neighbourhoods in the city have reported civic issues arising from the digging of roads and footpaths for laying fibre optic cables. Chennai Corporation has tried many options to resolve these issues along 33,000 interior and 471 bus route roads, but the projects have done little to lessen the pain caused by the absence of a dedicated corridor for fibre optic cables in the city.

In 2009, the Corporation began to develop ducts for fibre optic cables along 28 important roads such as Cathedral Road, MGR Salai and Nungambakkam High Road. “We developed ducts for 28 important roads to improve connectivity,” said former Mayor Ma Subramanian. However, most of the structures have been damaged by workers of line agencies and civic workers looking to drain stormwater to reduce inundation on roads during the northeast monsoon.

(Source: The Hindu)

4. LKG Girl Kidnapped By ‘Maid’ Rescued

Since the maid was taken on job only three months ago, police checked her antecedents.

A three-year-old girl, who was allegedly kidnapped by her housemaid for ransom on Thursday afternoon, was rescued and kidnappers were arrested. The girl, daughter of Nandhini and Arul Raj, is residing with her parents at Amjinkarai. Nandhini works as a doctor in the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital.

The child is studying LKG in a private school in Mugapair. “On Thursday afternoon, domestic help Ambika went to the street-corner to pick up the kid who was dropped by the school van and they did not return home,” said a police officer. Police said Nandhini received a ransom call demanding Rs 60 lakh to release her daughter and the maid. Subsequently, the parents lodged a complaint with the Amjinkarai police who, in turn, formed special teams.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

5. SC Begins Publishing Judgments in Tamil

The Supreme Court of India (SC). 

The Supreme Court began publishing its judgments in various languages from Thursday and the first verdict to be translated and uploaded on its website in Tamil was the one delivered on 29 March confirming the life sentence on popular restaurant chain Saravana Bhavan’s founder P Rajagopal. The translated versions of the Supreme Court judgments can be accessed by clicking on the link titled ‘vernacular judgments’ on the home page of the court.

Alternatively, English as well as the translated copies of the judgment can be accessed by clicking on the link ‘judgments’ and then carrying out a search using the case number or other details. All translated vernacular judgments carry a condition at the end that they are meant only to help litigants understand the verdict in their language.

(Source: The Hindu)

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